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ACAVA Newsletter 12 August 2020
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Black and white photograph. Two children hold on to rope whilst climbing up a wooden ramp in a children's playground outdoors.
Photo of Flourish in the Forest by Jason Garcia

Dear subscribers,

In this issue we share an opportunity from our Programme team in North Kensington and list four significant resources for artists in the UK. 

Our 'ACAVA Recommends' section mentions six organisations that are currently creating meaningful work online.

Kind regards,

ACAVA

[Image description: Black and white photograph. Two children hold on to rope whilst climbing up a wooden ramp in a children's playground, outdoors.]

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Image taken from Studio Safar, Papercup and Jana Saleh's fundraising page

Support Beirut

Studio Safar, Papercup and Jana Saleh were based in two of Beirut’s hardest hit areas. Contribute directly to the women who ran these creative spaces so they can rebuild their studios and salvage their archives here.

Impact Lebanon is fundraising for immediate disaster relief, you can contribute here.

Art Relief For Beirut is selling donated artworks and proceeds go directly to Impact Lebanon, Lebanese Red Cross and Fund The Arts In Beirut. Visit their Instagram profile here.

Mophradat are accepting contributions which they will re-distribute to local organisations and individuals. More information here.

[Image description: Photograph of dark-skinned person leaning on a balcony, looking out onto a disaster stricken zone of barren land and derelict cars.]

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Young Photographer Programme

Our programme team in North Kensington are looking for a young photographer with strong connections to the area for a paid work placement with professional photographer Zute Lightfoot. Applications accepted until 8 September, read the full brief here.

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Screenshot of ISOLATE ZINE cover. Square image shows in the middle on black cover. Two men hold hands and carry BLACK LIVES MATTER banners whilst holding hands and attending a protest. Man on the left is dark skinned and man on the right is light-skinned and both wear black clothing. Both men and other people behind them wear masks.
Jason Garcia's work featured in ISOLATE ZINE

Young Photographers Alumni

As we launch the callout for a new Young Photographer we look back at the work developed by the programme's alumni Jason Garcia and Ashleigh Ramel. Learn more about their work here.

[Image description: Screenshot of ISOLATE ZINE cover. Square image shows in the middle on black cover. Two people carry BLACK LIVES MATTER banners whilst holding hands and attending a protest. Person on the left is dark-skinned and person on the right is light-skinned and both wear black clothing. These people and others behind them are wearing masks.]

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Screenshot from video. White mosaic background like a toilet's shower wall. Three images of white-skinned people are edited onto each other, each at about 40% opacity against the white mosaic and each other. People are speaking into a microphone and are wearing headphones. Two of these people are sitting down and the one most to the left is standing.
Video still from Sabrina Fuller's piece on Instagram

Ten Obstructions Exhibition

ACAVA alumnus Sabrina Fuller is currently exhibiting at Ten Obstructions, an Instagram exhibition of the ten artists selected for Castlefield Gallery's bOlder program. The exhibition runs until 3 September and you can view it here.

[Image description: Screenshot from video. Three light-skinned people appear translucid against a white mosaic background and each other. These people are speaking into a microphone and are wearing headphones.]

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Photograph of dark skinned person wearing a VR head and hand set and moving their arms. Room is brightly lit.
Image taken from Canadian Film Centre website.

UK-Canada Immersive Exchange

The UK-Canada Immersive Exchange is a new talent development and co-production programme for UK and Canadian creatives and producers, who wish to work with immersive technology. Applications are open until 17 September, read more about this opportunity here.

[Image description: Photograph of dark-skinned person wearing a VR head and hand set and moving their arms forwards, indoors.]

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SLG Postgraduate Residency

The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency is an open submission six-month live-in residency for early-career artists. Apply by 1 September, read more about this opportunity here.

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Site Gallery Platform 21

Calling all Sheffield City Region artists to apply by 7 September for a Platform residency supported by the Freelands Artist Programme. Read more about this opportunity here.

[Image description: Graphic reads PLATFORM on black capital letters on a dark orange background.]

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Photo of a live performance. A dark skinned person wearing dark clothes and looking away from the camera is illuminated in red stage light. The background is also illuminated red.
Distorted Constellations by Nwando Ebizie. Photo by Anya Arnold.

Unlimited Commissions

Unlimited will be launching a new commissioning round in October and will be running a number of events over the summer and autumn months to prepare and inform interested applicants. For more information visit their website.

[Image description: Photo of a live performance. A dark-skinned person wearing black clothes and looking away from the camera is illuminated by red stage lights. The background is also illuminated red, which creates a striking contrast between the red lighting and the black fabric of their clothes.]

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Detail of 'Sounding Off 2.0'

ACAVA Recommends

Since the beginning of the pandemic, HOAX have been commissioning and paying for new work by artists whose practices sit at the intersection of art and creative writing. Visit their website here.

Fringe of Colour Films is an online arts festival showcasing over 40 films made by Black, Brown people and People of Colour filmmakers. The festival runs until the end of August and you can watch it here.

Fuse showcases work by Black, Indigenous, People of Colour creatives, highlighting their practices and sharing anti-racism and petition information. View their website here.

Frieze and Jennifer Higgie have launched 'Bow Down: Women in Art History', a new podcast series about significant women artists from the past who deserve our attention. You can listen to it here.

Vitrine Gallery have launched 'Sounding Off 2.0', an online exhibition of new performative and digital work. You can view the exhibition here.

AirSpace Gallery is running the programme 'Artists Make Change', a new series of artist-to-artist conversations that dig into shared concerns and the pressing issues challenging artists today. You can watch these conversations here.

[Image description: Screenshot from webpage for 'Sounding Off 2.0'. Black background with a network of linked white dots connected by thin white lines in the middle. Various cutout mouths speak out the names of the artists in the show as you hover the mouse over them. Inset of the work appears as you click on a mouth.]

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